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We drove back to calafate from chalten at noon. The view of Fitz Roy was fabulous. Checked into hotel and john returned rental car. chilled out in hotel....room service and movie...tomorrow morning we take the bus to Chile...6 hours to Puerto Natalas then on the estancia cerro guido.
So we took another trip, this time into Patagonia. We headed down to El Calafate, El Chalten, and Ushuaia for a week. El Calafate was amazing. We did a cruise around the glaciers and went hiking on top of one of the glaciers. Such a cool experience.
So the bus comes to pick us up in the morning for the day on the glacier. We are the last …
... and flat but heading out on our transfer pick up, the ground is covered in tufts of a pale green gorse-type of bush with lots of yellow flowering shrubs.
Very pretty in a kind of blink way.
We were told to expect fierce wind on arrival and were not disappointed-though our guide Carla said this was a gentle breeze compared to what it could be like.
I'd say it was at least 25-30 mph.
We drove into town along ...
... the boat we got close to the south side and started to see the amazing shades of blue in the ice and the cathedral like shapes created by the thousands of crevasses. It was a great introduction.
We viewed the north face (and some of the south) from viewing platforms known as balconies. The highlight was watching massive chunks of ice break off, tumble down the face and splash into the water. It was an ...
... fact, the guide could not emphasise enough the possibility of us falling and dying, no matter how funny or light-hearted he tried to make it. Fortunately, no one slipped and fall to their deaths. Once we got over our initial phobia of stepping on to the ice surface and half-expecting it to crack under our weight, we realised that the surface was actually pretty solid. We were safe as long as we stuck to the paths dictated by the marshals. Hiking on the glacier with ...